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Two Germans kidnapped in south-eastern Nigeria

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-19

Two Germans men aged 45 and 55 were kidnapped on Sunday from a beach in oil-producing Abia state. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, the latest to rock oil-rich Nigeria in recent months.

AFP - Two German men, aged 45 and 55, were kidnapped Sunday from a beach in Nigeria's oil-producing south-east, a security source said.

The men -- whose identities were not immediately disclosed -- were abducted after an outing at a beach in oil-producing Abia state, which neighbours the oil hub of Rivers State.

The two "male Germans (were) kidnapped at Azumini Beach strip at Imo River as they were rounding up and heading to their vehicle," the security source said.

Neither the police nor the German embassy were immediately available for comment.

One works in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, while the other came from Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, the latest to rock oil-rich Nigeria in recent months.

Hundreds of foreigners and locals, mostly oil workers -- have been kidnapped since 2006 in Nigeria, mostly in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Many have been released unharmed, but some only after ransom payments.

Date created : 2010-04-19

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